I use Panic Coda for coding. I like its Mac-style interface and it “fits” me well. There are some items that are frustrating, including a lack of auto-complete for functions you’ve already used in your code. Here are three tips to improve your coding experience.
My Three WordPress + Coda Tips
1. Install WordPress Syntax mode for Panic Coda
As a WordPress developer, I use lots of WordPress functions. This will allow you to auto-complete WordPress functions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include function parameter hints, but that’s what tip #3 is for.
2. Replace your WordPress Syntax mode colors
I didn’t like the color set it came with, so I exported my colors:
- Go to Preferences > Colors
- Select the color set you like in the “Language” window (I exported PHP-HTML)
- Click the “Export” tab
- Edit the
.seestylefile in a text editor
- Find and replace
- Save the file
- In Coda, click the Import button and select the
- Voila: your colors are now what you’re used to.
3. Configure a WordPress Codex book in Coda
There was an awesome shortcut in Coda I didn’t know about: Command + Double-click on a function name to open a Coda Book describing that function.
How to configure a WordPress book
- Press Command-6 (or go to View > Mode > Books)
- Click the + button in the bottom-left of the window
- Use the following settings:
- Book Title: WordPress
- Book URL:
- Cover Image: Optional. DRÄ Studio has an article with tons of more book options and a nice WordPress cover image to use.
- Use for Mode:
PHP-HTML-WP, depending on whether you installed the Syntax Mode in Step 1
- Search URL:
- Click OK
Now, when you have auto-completed functions and you forget what parameters the function takes, you can Command+Double-click the function name and be taken directly to the WordPress Codex page relating to it!